How to Make Epoxy Tumblers

Epoxy tumblers are all the rage right now, and for a good reason. So, why not try making your own epoxy tumblers. This easy and fun DIY project is perfect for any occasion, and it’s a great way to show off your creative skills. You can create custom tumblers perfect for serving drinks or displaying flowers in just a few simple steps.

Not only are they gorgeous to look at, but they’re also incredibly durable. Plus, those are perfect for both hot and cold drinks. If you’ve been thinking about how to make epoxy tumblers, then this is the blog post for you. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to create your own epoxy tumblers.

Epoxy tumblers, also known as glitter tumblers, are ideal personalized versions of your valuable accessories. And they’re relatively simple to make if you have the right materials and follow the instructions.

How to Make Epoxy Tumblers

What Are Epoxy Tumblers

Epoxy tumblers are a tumbler that has been decorated with epoxy. The benefit of using epoxy is that it is a durable finish that won’t chip away over time. In addition, it gives it an exciting gloss finish. That means it will not only sparkle but also shine.

Different Types of Epoxy Tumblers

plastic and metalic tumbler

To make a glitter tumbler with epoxy, you can use any sort of tumbler. At the same time, plenty of giant companies out there now and a bunch of others.

1. Metallic Tumbler

These tumblers are composed of stainless steel, which is both sturdy and metal and BPA-free. They’re also heated. So hot beverages stay hot and cold drinks stay cold.

2. Plastic Tumbler

Plastic is used in other tumblers. These are fine, but make sure the plastic is devoid of BPA. That is a chemical additive found in a wide range of plastic items that have been connected to a variety of health issues. Because most people are aware of the problem, numerous BPA-free brands are available.

As soon as you have found your desired tumbler, it’s time to get to work making the epoxy shine and look glittering.

What You’ll Need

The first thing you’ll need to do is gather your supplies. For this project, you’ll need:

  • Stainless Steel Tumbler
  • Epoxy resin
  • Epoxy hardener
  • Mixing cups
  • Mixing sticks
  • Tumbler cups
  • Cup Turner
  • Painters Tape 
  • Silicone Brushes
  • Disposable Rubber Gloves
  • Two Small Measuring Cups
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Sandpaper 
  • Paper plate or tray to catch drips
  • Glitter (optional)

How to Mix the Epoxy

mixing process epoxy

Here are the steps for mixing the epoxy:

  • Start by measuring out the correct amount of epoxy resin and hardener according to the instructions on the packaging.
  • Pour the resin and hardener into a disposable container in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Stir the ingredients together until they’re well combined.
  • Use a brush or spatula to apply the epoxy to the bottom of the tumbler.
  • Allow the epoxy to dry completely before adding any decorations or filling the tumbler with liquid.

That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve mixed the epoxy, it’s time to start decorating your tumblers. You can add flowers, beads, or even vinyl stickers to be creative and have fun with it. The possibilities are endless.

Making it In a Simple Way

The following method is most easy and most effective for those who are doing it for the first time

1. Clean the Tumblers

Make sure that the tumblers are free of dirt and dust before you start. You may also want to give them a quick wash with soap and water.

2. Measure the Epoxy Resin

Depending on the size of your tumblers, you will need to use a different amount of epoxy resin. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging carefully.

3. Mix the Epoxy Resin

Use a mixing bowl and spoon to mix the epoxy resin until smooth and lump-free. Stir it until you can see the bottom of the mixing cup clearly.

4. Paint or Decorate the Tumblers

You can paint or decorate the tumblers with your favorite designs if you want to. Just be sure to let the epoxy resin dry completely before moving on to the next step.

5. Pour the Epoxy Resin

Pour the epoxy resin into the tumblers. Use a funnel to pour the epoxy resin into the tumblers. Make sure to avoid spilling.

6. Let the Epoxy Resin Dry

Give the epoxy resin plenty of time to dry completely before using your tumblers. This can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on the weather and humidity.

There you have it. Your very own set of custom epoxy tumblers.

How to Apply the Epoxy to a Tumbler with Glitters

tumbler design with epoxy

To make a glitter tumbler, you need to start with all the supplies. These include gathering materials like decorations tools, even something as simple and basic as measuring cups or rubber gloves. They’re not too tricky, but it will take about two days from start to finish because of the epoxy drying times involved in this project.

Step 1: Use Spray Paint

If you choose to paint your tumbler, Tape it first. Depending on the tumbler’s design, you may want to leave a glitter-free top and bottom.

Simply cover the sections you don’t want to be painted with the painters’ Tape. It’s also good to paint the tumbler’s lip and inside the mug. Then pack some paper towels inside to keep spray paint out.

After that, take the tumbler somewhere well-ventilated (like outside) and spray it down. Apply a thin, equal layer and let it dry.

Step 2: Apply First Layer of Epoxy

After painting your tumbler, apply the first layer of epoxy. Start by removing the spray-painting Tape and installing new strips. Move the Tape up well enough this time so the epoxy overlaps the glitter and doesn’t ruin the top lines.

Then mix 5ml of each epoxy solution. Put on your gloves and flip your tumbler. Make sure to catch any dropping epoxy or glitter on a piece of paper or cloth.

There is when Modge Podge, a DIY glue, comes in handy. But it’s clumpy and hard to apply evenly.

Step 3: Use Sprinkle

Remove your gloves and pick up your glitter. Sprinkle it on the tumbler as the cup turner spins it to your desire.

Wait until the glitter looks perfect. Leave your tumbler on an electric cup turner. 5-6 hours should be enough time for the epoxy to dry completely.

If you’re using a DIY cup turner, get help turning the cup while applying the epoxy and glitter. Set a timer to spin the cup every 30 seconds for the first half-hour.

Step 4: Apply Second Layer of Epoxy

Apply a second epoxy seal coat to lock in the glitter and give your epoxy tumbler that signature shine.

To dry the tumbler, repeat step 3 without applying glitter.

You have now made a glitter tumbler. Follow these steps if you want to add some vinyl decals or extra glitter.

Step 5: Sand the Tumbler

Your tumbler will look better with glitter and decals. In both cases, a second epoxy layer is needed. Sand first with fine 220-grit sandpaper.

Sand first with fine 220-grit sandpaper. This will scuff the epoxy. But, eventually, it will spark again.

Repeat step number 3, recoat the tumbler with epoxy and apply a decal where you sanded.

If you want to add more glitter, first sand it, then epoxy it, glitter it, and let it dry. That means you have to repeat steps 2 and 3.

Apply a second coat of epoxy to seal everything. Your sparkling, glittering, personalized epoxy tumbler is now ready.

Tips and Tricks

Making epoxy tumblers is a great way to upcycle old glassware and create something new and unique. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make your epoxy tumblers: 

  • Choose the proper glassware. Not all glassware is suitable for epoxy tumbling. Look for thick, sturdy glassware that is free of chips or cracks. 
  • Prepare your glassware. Before you begin to epoxy, you must clean and prepare your glassware. Wash the glassware in warm, soapy water and make sure it is scorched before you start. 
  • Mix your epoxy. Follow the instructions on your epoxy kit to mix the epoxy materials according to the ratio specified.
  • When mixing the epoxy resin, always follow the instructions carefully. Make sure to mix the resin and hardener in equal parts. 
  • It is essential to work in a well-ventilated area when using epoxy resin.

FAQ

What Epoxy Do I Use for Tumblers?

When choosing the right epoxy for your project, you need to make sure you get the correct type of epoxy for the material you’re working with. If you’re not sure which kind of epoxy to use, you can consult with the manufacturer to find out which type is best for your project. But you can use epoxy, which is specifically designed for the glass, anytime.

How Many Times Do I Epoxy a Tumbler?

How many times you epoxy a tumbler will depend on the finish you are trying to achieve. If you are looking for a high gloss finish, you will need to apply a minimum of 3 coats of epoxy. If you are looking for a subtler finish, you may only need to use 2 coats. Make sure you allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat.

Can I Use Mod Podge Instead of Epoxy?

Mod Podge can be used to seal surfaces and to give them a glossy finish. While it can be used as an alternative to epoxy, it doesn’t have the same level of strength and durability. It is an excellent option for small projects that don’t require much strength. It’s also a good option for beginners because it’s easy to use and it dries quickly. Epoxy is a better choice for more demanding projects or for projects that require a high level of strength and durability.

How Long Does It Take to Make an Epoxy Tumbler?

It takes more or less about two hours to make an epoxy tumbler. You will need to mix the epoxy and apply it to the tumbler during that time. You will also need to let the epoxy dry for about 24 hours.

Are Epoxy and Resin the Same Thing?

Epoxy and resin are not the same things. Epoxy is a two-part resin that cures when mixed with a hardener. Resin is a one-part material that doesn’t cure until exposed to ultraviolet light. They both have different applications, depending on what you’re looking for. Epoxy is stronger and more resilient than resin, and it’s often used for industrial applications. Resin is often used for craft projects, and it’s a popular choice because it’s affordable and easy to use.

Conclusion

Making your own epoxy tumblers is a fun, easy way to create custom drinking glasses for yourself and your friends. You can choose any color or design you want, and the tumblers are dishwasher safe and very durable. However, you can make this type of craft using a variety of other objects besides tumblers.

After reading how to make epoxy tumblers, the only thing left to do is start making crafts. Once you’ve made one and discovered how simple and enjoyable it is, you can’t hold yourself. Before you know it, it will swallow your house in epoxy tumblers of every form and size imaginable.

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